To seed or not to seed?

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  1. FoundNemo

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    Hi guys

    I have 2 questions for all the more experienced reef keepers. I am in the 2nd week of cycling my new tank 4ft, my existing TL550 is about 2 years old

    My question is
    • Should i seed the substrate with my older sand?
    • Should i add water from my old tank?
    Or should i continue as i have?
     
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  3. 459b

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    Id seed some sand from the older tank.
    What rock do you have in your new tank? If its new liverock, id add a piece from your old tank to help things along.
    No point in adding water as the good bacteria and other organisms colonise the substrate.
     
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    Thanks, okay gonna seed some substrate and liverock tonight

    The tank does have around 15kg of liverock new from lfs what i will do is add around 5kg from my old tank , the balance will be put in closer to when i am ready to transfer

    thank you
     
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    I have seeded my tank with some Substrate from and older tank (thanks to @Apollo )
    A huge difference Imo, lots of life suddenly appeared.
     
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    Good to hear r0ckf1re,
    The seeded substrate will definitely assist in providing some diversified lifeforms and beneficial CUC such as bristleworms and some snails.
     
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    Just keep in mind that bacteria will still require a food source to survive.
     
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    So what can we supply for this?
     
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    If there are no fish in the tank, i think you could feed a small pinch of food every couple of days to keep them going, the food will supply the nutrients for the bacteria to use/feed on
     
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